Working out of our production studio in Leslieville is a team of creative professionals passionate about change.
JEFF DOBBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF PLAN TORONTO
Jeff is the Executive Director of Partners for Planning and the Creative Director for the Partners for Planning Resource Network. Jeff served as President and Creative Director of Parashoot Productions and was inspired by his work with innovative organizations like L’Arche Canada, Frontier College, The PLAN Institute, Inclusion Press and Autism Ontario. His insights gained by working intimately with family caregivers across North America coupled with his creative and technical skills are significant assets for Partners for Planning.
Susan Beayni, Independent Facilitation Mentor
Susan has been a leader and advocate in the disability movement for over 25 years. Since co-founding Plan Toronto (now Partners for Planning in 2009 Susan has assisted individuals who are vulnerable and their families in developing support networks and planning for a meaningful life now and into the future. She also had a wide range of experience consulting with families with a child with a disability while working with Bloorview Children’s Centre. Susan holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Susan is the mother of a 29-year old Rebecca, who has had a support circle for almost 20 years has had person directed planning sessions a number of times throughout her life. Susan is a regular contributor on a number of P4P webcasts and can be seen in a number of the video presentations found on Partners for Planning Resource Network.
Natalie Jones, Communications Manager
Natalie is the Communications Manager and Webcast Moderator at P4P. Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in International Relations and a Post Graduate Certificate in Communications from Humber College. She has over ten years experience working in communications, working at Astral Networks with the Family Channel and HBO Canada, and before that at NATIONAL Public Relations. Natalie lives in the east end of Toronto with her family and is lucky enough to get to bike to work - when it’s not too cold!
Anna Bruno, INDEPENDENT FACILITATION Lead
Anna has worked with families and their children living with varying abilities for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. Anna worked as a Social Worker at Grandview Children Centre for 8 years providing advocacy, counselling, parent and youth education and assistance with navigating services. She is committed to ongoing learning and a reflective, collaborative approach to her work. Anna belongs to the circles of support of a few individuals and while offering her own time has also gained much including a good knowledge base of how circles function and support people towards achieving a good life rooted in their community.
Becky Rossi, Director of Strategic Development
Over the past ten years, Becky has worked alongside globally, nationally and community-focused organizations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, sharing her expertise in strategic management, business development and social finance. She has been championing non-traditional, community-based solutions to issues of isolation and vulnerability through her work with Partners for Planning since 2011. Becky has a Master of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management from the Schulich School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Commerce. When she is not working or studying, she can usually be found spending time with her husband and two young, energetic boys, in Ottawa.
Carolyn Fast, Manager of outreach & partnershipS
A prairie girl at heart, Carolyn’s passion for creating spaces where all people belong led her on a path of community organizing and advocacy. Over the years, Carolyn has worked with a number of organizations, groups and community members committed to social justice and is proficient in organizing and growing grassroots movements at a neighbourhood level. Her most favourite place to be is wherever her kids are, especially if it is by a lake with a beach.
Kathleen Kelly, Copywriter, producer
Kathleen earned her media production stripes at Rogers Television followed by many years with TVO as an award-winning promotions producer for branded on-air and online content. Kathleen has a BA from the University of Toronto and has completed copy editing, creative writing, film and digital media programs at Ryerson, Humber and elsewhere. Working in support of people living with vulnerabilities holds special meaning for Kathleen, as her cherished older brother Jim lived with a complex mental health challenge which greatly impacted his life.
Calantha Mak, Graphic Designer
Calantha is obsessed with her creative hats, and she is definitely wearing many of them: photographer, graphic designer, potter, illustrator, food stylist, cake decorator… she just can’t stop creating. She graduated from OCADU Fine Art Division, and worked as a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) for more than 10 years in the advertising field, serving clients from various sectors, from finance, public service, retail, food industry to non-profit. The diversity of experience nurtured her passion and skills using visual as an story-telling tool. Calantha found her calling working at P4P where she can combine her personal experience on disabilities and her design skills for a meaningful cause.